Financial Aid

Frequently Asked Questions

FAFSA Status Questions:

Active messages are informational messages that are associated with your financial aid award and would generally appear on your award letter through insidePacific.

  1. To use the DRT, log on to the FAFSA website and proceed to the parent and/or student financial section where there will be a box labeled IRS Data Retrieval Tool.
  2. Provide the requested information and you will be directed to the IRS website, where you will authorize the IRS to submit your tax information to FAFSA.
  3. You will then be directed back to the FAFSA website, where you will sign and resubmit your FAFSA with Pacific's school code, 001329.
  4. If the FAFSA is not resubmitted after the DRT is used, the tax information will not transfer to Pacific.
  5. You do not need to order IRS Tax Return Transcripts if the DRT was successful.
No, if you are successful in using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) located on the FAFSA you are not required to submit an IRS Tax Return Transcript.

If you are unable to obtain a copy of you or your parent's Tax Return Transcript, you may provide the Office of Financial Aid with a signed copy of your federal tax return.


Financial Aid Award Questions:

You can view your awards by logging into the digital award page.

You can accept your awards by logging into the digital award page.

The Pell Grant is automatically accepted when all documents have been submitted and reviewed by the Office of Financial Aid.

There are a number of circumstances that could have an effect on your original award letter:

  • Verification of your application
  • Change in your family's financial situation
  • Failure to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) or an acceptable GPA
  • Notification after you were packaged of "outside" aid (e.g. a scholarship)
  • Not enrolling for the required number of units to receive aid through programs

The Office of Financial Aid will send an email to your u.pacific.edu address.

In order to maintain aid, students must reapply every year to renew their financial aid amount. Your aid amount will not change unless there are significant financial changes in your household and you no longer fit the eligibility requirements for federal, state, and institutional financial aid.

Any automatic increases in aid will be in the form of a federal loan. Federal loan eligibility increases along with your class standing.

In order to renew merit scholarships, you must meet the minimum enrollment and GPA criteria. Should your merit award be revoked, you may have part of your scholarship replaced by a need-based grant. Your replacement grant will be noted on your award letter.

You can view and print your award on the Digital Award Letter page
 
 

Scholarship Questions:

To find out, please file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and have your FAFSA information sent to Pacific. Pacific's FAFSA school code is 001329. Many scholarship winners who apply for financial aid find they qualify for aid in addition to their academic awards.

Yes, scholarship recipients must enroll full-time (12 units or more each semester) to receive the scholarship.

Yes, Regent's recipients must maintain an overall 3.0 GPA, President's recipients must maintain an overall 2.8 GPA, Pacific's recipients must maintain an overall 2.5 GPA, Provost's recipients must maintain an overall 2.6 GPA, and Powell Scholar recipients must maintain an overall 3.3 GPA to remain eligible for the scholarship.

Scholarship review is done annually after spring semester to determine eligibility for the upcoming academic year.

You will be notified by the Office of Financial Aid (USPS letter and u.pacific.edu email) in June that your scholarship will not be renewed for the upcoming year.

No. If, after any future semester, your overall GPA is at the minimum required GPA for your merit scholarship, you may contact a member of the financial aid counseling staff and ask that your scholarship eligibility be reviewed and reinstated for the subsequent term. Please note that you must request the review; scholarship reinstatement is not automatic if you meet the GPA requirement in the future.

Yes, if your cumulative GPA is at or above the minimum requirement once you have completed your summer courses. You will need to contact a member of the Office of Financial Aid and request your merit scholarship be reinstated. Only courses taken at Pacific will be included in your GPA. While you may be able to transfer units from another college, a GPA is not calculated.

Every financial aid package is individual. Please contact a member of the financial aid counseling staff to determine if you're eligible for other need-based aid from Pacific if your scholarship is not renewed.


Outside (Non-Pacific) Scholarship Questions:

Admitted first-year and transfer students are automatically considered for Pacific's merit-based scholarships and there is no separate scholarship application that needs to be submitted. The exception is the Powell Scholars Program, which requires a special application and interview.

For information about scholarships from other sources, check with your high school or community college counselor and access one of the free online scholarship search sites, such as:

FastWebCollege

Board (Fund Finder)

Club Scholarship

International Education Financial Aid

GoCollege Scholarship Search

Scholarships.com

Yes, any outside scholarship you receive must be taken into consideration as part of your total financial aid package. An outside scholarship cannot be counted as part of your Expected Family Contribution (EFC).

If your financial aid package must be revised to accommodate an outside scholarship, the outside award will be used first to replace an equal amount of loan or work-study. Other grants or scholarships will be reduced only as a last resort. To report an outside scholarship, follow these steps:

Step 1. Click on "View Your Financial Aid Award"

Step 2. Click on "Award by Aid Year," select aid year and click Submit

Step 3. Click on "Resources/Additional Information" tab

Step 4. Enter outside scholarship information including Resource Description, Term, and Amount.


Federal Direct Loan Questions:

Step 1. Go to insidepacific.pacific.edu 

Step 2. Enter your PacificNet ID username and password.

Step 3. Select the tab on the left labeled “Students”

Step 4. Select the tab labeled “Academic”

Step 5. Find the section labeled “Financial Aid Links”

Step 6. Click on "View Your Financial Aid Award"

Step 7. Click on "Award By Aid Year"

Step 8. Click on "Accept Award Offer" tab

Step 9. Click the arrow on the dropdown box by the loan you want to accept and select "Accept"

Step 10. Specify the amount you want to borrow in the "Accept Partial Amount" area

Step 11. Click on the "Submit Decision" button

Step 1. Go to insidepacific.pacific.edu 

Step 2. Enter your PacificNet ID username and password.

Step 3. Select the tab on the left labeled “Students”

Step 4. Select the tab labeled “Academic”

Step 5. Find the section labeled “Financial Aid Links”

Step 6. Click on "View Financial Aid Award"

Step 7. Click on "Award By Aid Year", select the aid year and click Submit

Step 8. Click on "Accept Award Offer" tab

Step 9. Click the arrow on the drop-down box by the loan you want to decline and select "Decline"

Step 10. Click on the "Submit Decision" button

Yes, if you have eligibility for the increased amount. Contact the financial aid counseling staff.

All new Direct Loan borrowers must complete the Master Promissory Note and Federal Direct Online Entrance Counseling at Student Loans (FAFSA FSA ID required). For additional information visit studentaid.gov.

Your parent may log into studentaid.gov using their FSA ID to request a Parent PLUS loan. They will indicate the amount they wish to borrow on the application.

Step 1. Go to insidepacific.pacific.edu 

Step 2. Enter your PacificNet ID username and password.

Step 3. Select the tab on the left labeled “Students”

Step 4. Select the tab labeled “Academic”

Step 5. Find the section labeled “Financial Aid Links”

Step 6. Click on "View Your Financial Aid Award"

Step 7. Click on "Award By Aid Year" and select the aid year

Step 8. Click on "Accept Award Offer" tab

Step 9. Click the arrow on the drop-down box by the Federal Grad PLUS and select "Accept" (if you want to accept full amount) or indicate the lesser amount you plan to borrow in the "Accept Partial Amount" area

Step 10. Click "Submit Decision" button

Yes, starting July 1, 2013, new borrowers may receive the interest subsidy for up to 150% of the published length of their program (6 years for most students at University of the Pacific; varies by program and student type). In addition to the 150% regulation, students have annual subsidized loan limits according to their class standing.

Students should be mindful that, in addition to the above restrictions on subsidized loans, there are aggregate loan limits. The undergraduate lifetime subsidized loan limit is $23,000.00; students may not access more than this amount even if they have not completed their degree program.


Work-Study Questions:

Pacific participates in the Federal Work-Study program. Students who are awarded Federal Work-Study are eligible to apply for on-campus work-study jobs. For more information visit the Work-Study page.

In order to have your Federal Work-Study reinstated, please contact the Office of Financial Aid.


General Financial Aid Questions:

A change in your residential situation may affect your cost of attendance and, subsequently, your financial aid package. Contact the counseling staff in the Office of Financial Aid; they can help you determine any changes in your aid eligibility.

Please contact the counseling staff in the Office of Financial Aid as they can help you determine any chances in your aid eligibility.

No, however, annually you must meet California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) income and asset guidelines to remain eligible for the Cal Grant.

The Office of Financial Aid communicates with students through a variety of formats. The most common form of communication is email, utilizing students' personal u.pacific.edu email addresses. Students are expected to check their u.pacific.edu email accounts regularly. Information sent and received via email is considered official university communication and should be treated as such. Pacific strongly urges students to use their u.pacific.edu email because of its secure nature but understands not all students will utilize it as their primary email account. Students who will not be regularly checking their Pacific email should forward their Pacific email to their preferred email account.


CA Dream Act Students:

Undocumented students who qualify under CA AB540 criteria can apply for financial aid by submitting the California Dream Act Application.

To be considered for state need-based funds (Cal-Grant) undocumented AB540 eligible students must complete the following steps:

  • Submit a California Dream Act Application by the March 2 priority deadline each year for maximum financial aid consideration.
  • Incoming students interested in receiving a Cal Grant must submit the GPA Verification Form to the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) by March 2.
  • You can monitor and manage your Cal Grant account on the CSAC website.

These students are also eligible to be considered for institutional merit scholarships evaluated at the point of admission, as well as to apply for Powell Scholarship consideration and Athletic aid.


Special Program Questions:

Yes, as long as you are charged Pacific Tuition for your semester abroad. Contact the Financial Aid counseling staff for additional information.

Federal aid awarded to you for the year is disbursed equally between the semesters of enrollment. University tuition-specific aid may be adjusted and distributed unequally, if necessary. Since students going on CO-OP pay tuition at a reduced rate of a standard semester's tuition rate, costs will most likely be lower during a CO-OP semester. Contact financial aid counseling for additional information.

Resident Assistant awards are awarded and disbursed on a semester basis. In some cases, the award will be incorporated into the overall award need (e.g. reduce loans); however, if financial need has been met, it may impact university tuition-specific aid. Contact financial aid counseling for more information.

Contact Us

Office of Financial Aid

209.946.2421
Email
Knoles Hall, 1st Floor

Campus Mailing

University of the Pacific
Office of Financial Aid
3601 Pacific Ave.
Stockton, CA 95211